Frank Lloyd Wright's talent for creatively linking indoor and outdoor spaces is on display during the engaging 1-Hour Panorama Tour. Throughout the tour we'll explore a number of buildings which are connected by outdoor pathways, essentially joining the indoor and outdoor spaces. This tour includes visits to areas such as the:
- Cabaret Theater
- Seminar Theater
- Wright's private office
Tuesday and Wednesday are discount days and prices on these days have already been adjusted.
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Excellent Panorama tour...
|DianeGara||Sat, Nov 14 10:15 AM||Female||70+||Local||Group of Friends|
the guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic on the tour. answered questions and seemed interested in whether or not we were enjoying the tour. I would recommend this tour to anyone - old or young!
Brief with some food information
|carole35||Thu, Nov 12 2:15 PM||Female||70+||Local||Other|
The tour was very brief,. enough for the cost of the tour. We did get some history about FLW and his career and Taliesen West -- not much. I will notreccomend this particular tour to anyone.
Ticketing is frustrating and annoying
|BGlazer||Fri, Nov 6 2:15 PM||Female||60-69||International Tourist(s)||Group of Friends|
My complaint has nothing to do with Taliesin West nor its staff, which were busy and ill-equipped to handle the crowds that day.
My issues are with Zerve itself. In all fairness, I should have known that I needed to make a reservation (on a previous visit, my husband and I had just joined up with the next tour, no problem). But this day, a Friday, it seemed busy. We were told that not only were all tours completely booked till later that afternoon, but we could not purchase tickets at the counter. Neither could we phone for tickets. We had to purchase online. The roaming charges would have been atrocious had I used my iPhone, so we had to drive to a place where we could access a computer to purchase our tickets. I understand that Taliesin West has contracted out ticket sales to your company, and I suppose that this creates efficiencies, but I must say that on busy days like the day of our visit, the staff is stressed.
Very interesting tour
|JCANDERSON34||Wed, Nov 4 2:15 PM||Male||40-49||Domestic Tourist(s)||Other|
Even though it rained on us the whole time, we still had a nice time walking in and around the area. Very nice tour guide who provided us with great information.
Guide knowledgable; but tour too restricted
|Dlgariep||Tue, Nov 3 2:15 PM||Female||60-69||International Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
Would have appreciated a tour of FLW's living and guest quarters, along with the public rooms. Was interested in comparing the relative austerity of those rooms with where he housed himself and friends.
Amazing Tour of an Architecutral Masterpiece
|mrjangels11||Wed, Oct 28 10:15 AM||Male||30-39||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
My fiance and I booked this tour last minute and I'm so glad we did. We love mid-century Modern architecture and so what a treat to see the spot that produced more mid-century architects than anywhere else. Our guide was informative and entertaining (so it wasn't too dry). The views are beautiful and the architecture is thoughtful and graceful. We really learned a lot and have a whole new appreciation for Wright's design and innovative spirit.
|mgoldin1||Tue, Oct 27 10:15 AM||Female||60-69||International Tourist(s)||Other|
this was a great tour and a perfect length to learn about and see Taliesin. I am local and brought my friends visiting from Australia. The tour guide was very enthusiastic and dramatic (in a good way) . t
Significant Architectural site
|Januszyk||Mon, Oct 26 10:15 AM||Female||Unspecified||Domestic Tourist(s)||Group of Friends|
An excellent docent led tour of Taliesin provided us with insights and the inside story of the famous location and architect. Our friends commented how grateful they were that we planned the trip.
A tour like no other on Frank Lloyd Wright
|Kctempe1112||Sun, Oct 25 2:15 PM||Female||50-59||Combination||Group of Friends|
For those that have been to the FLW houses you will learn so much about the later years, the apprentices, and the history from another perspective.
It was wonderful, the guides were knowledgable, we came in not knowing what it would be like and were more than impressed.
Not a great tour for young kids - but interesting for tweens and up. Lots to see.
FLW TALIESIN WEST TOUR
|srainaldi||Sat, Oct 24 2:15 PM||Female||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
our guide Romany was excellent. 16 years experience and had lots of little stories to round out the experience. The property itself is beautiful and so much architectural history. Way ahead of his time
- Do I need to buy tickets in advance?
- Advance purchase is highly recommended, as space is limited per tour. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can be purchased using a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
- Why are the ticket prices different on certain days?
- Tuesdays and Wednesdays are our Discount Days and the ticket price has already been adjusted on these days. Keep in mind that all adults ages 13 and up are the same price on these days. Discounts can still be applied for Frank Lloyd Wright Association members by calling Zerve at (888) 516-0811.
- What is the main difference between the flagship tours? Which one should I take?
- Our three flagship tours vary by duration and sights seen. The 90-minute Insights Tour is our most popular tour and is offered the most often. If you are looking for a more in-depth tour, consider the 3-hour Extended Insights Tour which includes everything on the Insights Tour and more, including guest speakers. However, if you are short on time, consider taking the Panorama Tour, which is 1-hour long and includes many highlights of the property but does not include the personal living quarters. In addition to our three year-round tours, we also offer a number of seasonal tours as well that explore other areas of Taliesin West.
- Are there any age limits? Can we bring our kids?
- Yes, children can attend the tour, however, please note that younger children may not fully understand the content and get much out of it. As parents, you should use your best judgement as to whether your child will enjoy the tour. We do offer a reduced price Youth ticket for ages 4-12 and infants and toddlers under 4 years old can come for free.
- What about bad weather?
- Taliesin West was built to be a part of its surroundings, therefore the tour is a combination of viewing interior spaces that are connected by outdoor walkways. The tour will run in moderate weather, but may be cancelled in the case of severe weather. You will be notified if the tour is cancelled and will be allowed to reschedule your tickets or receive credit for a future event.
- Can we explore Taliesin West on our own or do we need to take a tour?
- All tours of Taliesin West are guided and guests are not allowed to explore on their own. Admission to the bookstore is free of charge but guests must have tour tickets to view the remainder of the property.
- Is Taliesin West handicap and stroller accessible?
- Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark built between 1937 and 1959. As such, it was not designed or built to contemporary accessibility standards. The pathway for tours are not all paved and include gravel walkways, uneven steps and stairs. Narrow, steep-sloped ramps over steps are available for guests to use at their own discretion throughout the tour. Ramps are 26” in width with slopes ranging from 21 to 27 degrees. If bringing young kids or infants, we recommend a stroller that has larger wheels or a baby bjorn style carrier.
- Do you allow photography?
- Guests are welcome to take photos for their personal use. There are a few areas where we do not allow photography, but your tour guide will alert you to these areas during the tour. If you are looking to use photos in a professional capacity, please contact us prior to purchasing your tickets by clicking on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to make arrangements.
- Is Taliesin West open all year round?
- Yes, we operate tours throughout the entire year. The Panorama Tour runs all year round, however, not all tours are offered throughout the entire year. Please be sure to check our Calendar of Other Activities for the exact tour schedule on the day you plan to visit.
- Do you have a gift shop?
- Yes, Anneliese's Bookstore is located next to the main parking lot and stocks the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® products and books. Admission to the bookstore is free of charge and its regular hours of operation are 8:30am to 6:00pm October - May, 8:30am - 4pm June - August and 8:30am - 5pm in September.
- What should I wear? What should I bring?
- We suggest guests wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Since a portion of the tour takes place outside, be prepared for the day's weather and note there are gravel walkways that connect the buildings, so please be sure to wear appropriate shoes. We also recommend bringing a bottle of water and an umbrella. While we have a limited number of umbrellas available for guests, they can come in handy both on rainy and sunny days in the desert.
- Are food and drinks available for purchase?
- Food is not available for purchase. We do not recommend bringing outside food or drink on your tour, unless you'd like to bring a bottle of water, therefore we suggest grabbing something to eat either before or after your tour.
- Is there parking available?
- Yes, there is a free parking lot for all guests.
- Are pets allowed to come?
- No, other than certified service dogs, pets are not permitted.
- What about guests with special needs?
- Guests with special needs who are interested in visiting us but choose not to take the walking tour may request an Interpretive Guide and view a video on the history of Taliesin West while on site. Visually and hearing impaired guests who wish to bring someone to provide assistance on the tour such as a sign language interpreter may do so and the person providing assistance will not be charged admission.
- Do you offer gift certificates?
- Yes! Gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
- Do you allow private parties or events?
- Spacious Taliesin West is well suited for hosting exclusive corporate receptions and dinners. Groups ranging in size from 20 to 120 have experienced memorable evenings at Taliesin West using the many indoor and outdoor spaces. For more information about setting up a private event, please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to get in touch with our staff.
- Do you offer large group tours?
- Yes, group tours are available and tours can be custom designed for prearranged groups of 15 or more. Please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to discuss.
- Can we do a private tour?
- With advance notice (seven day notice preferred), individuals with very small groups may schedule a tour by an architect or personal guide. Please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to discuss pricing and reservations.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West
Just minutes from downtown Scottsdale, Taliesin West is Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert masterpiece. In 1937, Wright and his apprentices built an architectural wonder out of the stone and sand that surrounded them in the Sonoran desert on the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. Many of those apprentices (“the Fellowship”) who worked and lived alongside Mr. Wright still live at Taliesin West, as do the current students and faculty of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture -- making Taliesin West an ongoing, vibrant community.
The Taliesin West experience is both immersive and powerful. Guests are fully welcomed into every room and space—nothing on the tour is behind ropes or under glass. The tours, which include such attractions as the Cabaret Theater, Garden Room, Desert Shelters, and Mr. Wright’s living quarters and private office, are filled with surprise, majestic views, and intimate interior details. Each tour inspires visitors with the innovative principles, beautiful creations, technological experiments, and unparalleled body of work of Frank Lloyd Wright. As a result, guests find the Taliesin West tour experience delightfully engaging and deeply relevant. While photos and descriptions may give you a hint of what’s in store, there is no substitute for experiencing it first-hand.
Come to Taliesin West and be inspired.